I have read and watched all the self-righteous condemnation on social media, and even the mainstream media, of the eleven young women that were arrested for allegedly engaging in an unnatural sexual act with a dog. I have seen in sheer amazement all sorts of retarded posts purporting to draw pseudo-scientific inferences based on the ethnicity and faith of the young women.
I am amazed by our hypocritical Pharisaic declarations, and by our national willingness to swallow a sensationalised piece of garbage hook, line and sinker without so much as a perfunctory attempt to establish the actual facts of the case. And I am deeply deeply disappointed by our complete failure to address the REAL issues revealed by this story, which is not about bestiality but about a group of young intelligent women drawn into prostitution and all its indignities (which in this case does not appear to have in fact included any sexual acts with a dog).
An estimated 1 million children enter Standard 1, and only 30,000 make it to university – a measly 3%, only 3 out of every one hundred for heaven’s sake! By any definition, this 30,000 are the crème de la crème of their generation. If as a society we cannot adequately provide for this infinetismally tiny outstanding minority, to protect them from callous exploitation, to enable them focus on their studies not on keeping body and soul together, to spare them from wealthy jackals and hyaenas that would misuse and degrade them, then of what use are we as a nation?
What about those that are not engaging in prostitution and/or pornography – what are they ‘hassling’? Armed robberies? Drug peddling? Pimping? Second hand clothes? Cheap perfumes? Dubious electronics? In all cases, aren’t they all spending time that would be better spent on sharpening their intellects, broadening their scholarly horizons, honing their professional skills, on just staying alive? Aren’t we, through neglecting this superior group, especially those from poor families, entrenching the great inequities that already scar our society?
There are those who will engage in the most despicable, heinous and inhuman acts out of plain simple avarice, laziness, a love of short-cuts and a general lack of values. In this category are the billionaire politicians that still loot the public purse and immensely well-paid judges that still collect bribes to administer injustice. But when a no-name citizen of a fairly young age, of obviously remarkable intelligence, from a deprived background sacrifices her virtue – which is a woman’s most valuable asset, given how disproportionately harshly society judges her – I am forced to ask whether there isn’t more to her act than mere avarice and a lack of values. These young women have have obviously betrayed deeply held societal mores, but society too has betrayed them by placing them in a situation where they felt such a mindbogglingly bad option is the only choice they had.
You are probably wondering whether I am excusing the alleged act – no I am not! I am taking issue with three things: first, that the media severely misreported the matter – and we Kenyans, with our love for sexually-oriented sensationalism, swallowed it all as if it was gospel truth; secondly, that we are all racing each other in condemning these women without pausing to wonder why they would be part of a humiliating prostitution ring, given their apparent levels of intelligence; and thirdly, why we would in ways that are indescribably stupid seek to give the matter an ethnic and/or religious twist. Most importantly, I am saying that no young person that makes it into higher education should have to desperately struggle to stay there. When I went to university, the state all but paid us to excel – by providing (upfront) food, accommodation, and a termly/semester stipend to meet other needs, all on a very very soft loan indeed. THAT is the way to treat the miniscule elite that overcomes the vast challenges and hurdles of our education system to make it into higher education – not forcing them into all sorts of nefarious activities and injurious pursuits that open them to exploitation by the cynical wealthy and powerful.
I hope that once we are through being horrified by the alleged ‘unAfrican’ acts of those poor young women, we shall go beyond the superfluous outrage and ask ourselves the fundamental question why any woman, leave alone one of superior intelligence, would reduce themselves thus – then and only then, will we begin to find a solution.